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Product Developer Job

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Date: Mar 31, 2015

Location: Louisville, KY, US

Company: Yum! Brands


Product Developer


Food Innovation


KFC Headquarters, Louisville, KY






KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the few brands in America that can boast about having a rich, 60-year history of success and innovation. In fact, KFC is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain and a division of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company. Yum! Brands consists of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut with more than 40,000 restaurants in over 125 countries and territories and more than 1 million associates. Yum! is ranked #216 on the Fortune 500 List and generated more than $13 billion in revenue in 2012.

More important than our size is our commitment to breakthrough innovation and the success of our employees. We're proud of the unique culture we've built, one that's filled with energy, opportunity, and fun. We believe in our people, trust in their positive intentions, encourage ideas from everyone, and have actively developed a workforce that is diverse in style and background. Yum! is a place where anyone can, and does, make a difference.


This position designs, plans and manages complex or major research and development projects resulting in new or improved products and processes. This position works directly with Brand Managers and cross-functional teams and suppliers to develop new menu items for KFC.

This position is responsible for product development, consumer validation, commercialization, market test, national launch and post-launch support of 4-5 new products per year for entire domestic KFC system.


Provides R&D leadership and representation on cross functional project teams. Attends weekly team meetings, updates and discusses deliverables, barriers and solutions. Acts as liaison between team and Senior Manager. Develops new products with support and input from cross-functional areas. 15%


Evaluates and recommends products from suppliers. Performs research guidance consumer tests and in-market research tests, interprets results and recommends next steps. Evaluates overall consumer acceptance of new products. 25%


Designs & conducts research as needed to approve new product ideas, procedures or products. 10%


Develops operational procedures and specifications for new products which yield a safe and consistent quality product. Researches and establishes equipment set points, cook and hold times. Evaluates and validates consumer acceptance of products throughout the cooking and hold times, across all approved holding equipment 25%


Coaches and supports technician's efforts against project objectives. Provides direction to vendors and consultants. 15%


Leads cross-functional teams. Structures, prepares and delivers presentations with confidence and impact to Sr. Management. Coach cross-functional team members. 10%


Travel required - as project related.

This position will regularly interact with all suppliers. They will regularly interact with RSCS program managers and buyers, cross functional team members of all levels, members of the Define and Explore team, Core Products, Engineering, QA and International teams. This position will be accountable to present their research to Leadership, reporting data, supporting direction and defining next steps. This person will also interact with members of Franchise community, such as the Operations Sub-Committee.


Bachelor of Science in Food Science or related scientific field. M.S. Preferred.
7-9 years food industry experience.

Strong product/project management experience. Poultry industry experience preferred. Some people management experience a plus. Strong interpersonal skills and strong personal initiative. Must have strong collaborative nature and be a team player. Must be able to present material in composed and confident manner. Accountable to build know how of peers and leadership by discussing the contradictions. Must be able to apply data-driven hard facts with business acumen and judgment. Ability and rapport to coach and direct technical and non-technical associates. Ability to plan and prioritize multiple projects while delivering breakthrough results. Must be able to execute projects within timelines and budgets. Must be able to quickly anticipate and identify potential challenges and proactively recommend course of action to resolve. Must be resourceful to find new sources of information and innovations.

Nearest Major Market: Louisville
Job Segment: Product Development, Engineer, Developer, Franchise, Research, Engineering, Technology, Retail


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